The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 included legislation known as the STOP School Violence Act, representing the primary Congressional response so far to the tragic attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, and authorizing nearly $1 billion for matching grant programs through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) through 2028.

For the security industry the most significant result of the legislation is that among other provisions it restores federal grant assistance specifically for school security equipment and technology, by providing a 10-year reauthorization for what had previously been known as Secure Our Schools (SOS) grants, with significantly expanded funding and allowable uses. No funding had been available since fiscal 2011. The new law restores and more than doubles funding for this program.

Click on the articles below to know more about existing grants and how to apply for them.


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